High Season Conditions Almost The Whole journey
In comparison to our last liveaboard trip around the Similan Islands, this trip was a walk in the park as far as the conditions go. The currents that made the diving challenging during the last trip was completely gone and the sea laid flat for most part of the trip.
We started again at West Of Eden, moving up to Christmas Point for the 2nd dive and finishing our day at Koh Bon for the 3rd and Koh Tachai for our night dive. Fantastic diving throughout the day, especially the night dive at Koh Tachai Reef where our guests had barracuda visit the whole dive, giant lobsters and a surprise visit by a large Jenkins Stingray half way through the dive. One of our guests, Gaute Jaeger, caught the sighting on video and we’ll be uploading it shortly.
Richelieu Rock Delivers Again !
Last trip we couldn’t make it to Richelieu Rock due to the weather but this trip it was no problem reaching the dive site in the middle of the ocean. Our tourleader Linus was extremely happy to be able to make his first dive of the season there as he’s been crippled by a bad back on the first couple of trips.
With finds like ornate ghost pipe fish, tigertail seahorses and cuttlefish on the first dive we were stoked to be able to do a 2nd dive there as well with even more special sightings.
We also dived Koh Tachai Pinnacle for the first time this season at it was lovely. We had currents but they were mild considering the pinnacle sometimes have ripping currents that won’t let you leave the descent line.
The corals are looking amazing, no shark sightings but the site was teaming with life and action from all the pelagic fish species that gets attracted by the currents. We also found a Comet Fish which is a spectacular little fish and hard to spot since it prefers deeper waters and usually lives under ledges and in crevices.
We hit a storm during, or rather the storm hit us on our last night just outside Koh Tachai, so instead of going for Koh Bon on the last day we decided to head closer to main land for calmer seas and do our last 2 dives at the Bonsung Wreck.
Once again our guests was overwhelmed by the fish soup that is the Bonsung Wreck and the first dive was mostly spent playing with the giant schools of juvenile barracudas and snappers that hovers above and around the wreck. This along with lots of macro sightings such as varieties of nudibranchs, juvenile lionfish, boxfish , sweetlips and angel fish made for two great dives at the end of the trip.
We would like to congratulate Victor for finishing his PADI Advanced course and also the danish duo Thomas and Jonas for finishing their PADI Open Water course during the trip. Great job guys and good choice in where to start your diving career !
Thanks to all our guests and agent dive leaders that joined the trip, great atmosphere on the boat !
Linus – Tour Leader